Guam Sailor extends aid to auto-pedestrian crash victim

by JoAnna Delfin
Joint Region Marianas

Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) 2nd Class Andrew Pluss was driving along Route 1 when he noticed a car accident and an unresponsive victim lying on the street. Upon realizing the individual was unresponsive, Pluss’ Navy training kicked in and he administered CPR to the victim until first responders arrived on the scene.

“In the moment, I didn’t know if he had passed,” Pluss said. “My thought was, ‘This could be something to save his life. He may not be responding now, but once all the available medical personnel and more equipment arrives, they may be able to save him based off of what I was doing.’”

As an electrician’s mate in Frank Cable’s repair department, Pluss receives CPR training every two to three years. A training, which he instinctively implemented that night.

“My job in the Navy is an electrician’s mate, and one of the things we’re worried about is someone getting shocked, which could stop your heart in the event of a bad shock,” he said. “I’ve always had the thought process, growing up, that if I could help someone in any way, I’m going to try. I did it because I believed it was what was right to do.”

Though Pluss has only been stationed in Guam for three months, Frank Cable Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeffrey Farah, awarded him with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) July 18.

“Pluss is a hard-working Sailor in our repair department,” Farah said. “The award was given because of his heroism, but he’s also doing hard work every single day while he’s here. Usually, we reserve [that award] for an end-of-tour completion. ”

Plus confirmed it was his Navy training that kept him ready in the moment.

“I knew I had been trained and, once I noticed, it naturally kicked in,” he said. “There was no point where I was like, ‘Do I need to do this? Should I do this?’ It was more of, ‘He’s in trouble. Go help him.’”

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